All posts by Jaime Frederick


No fresh snow overnight. Clearwater Trail and Night Loop groomed late last night. Clearwater is in good to excellent condition for classic and skate skiing.

Apex, Cottonwood Rail Grade, and Busk Euphrates are getting quite thin and we will likely not groom these trails again with the snowcat until we receive fresh snowfall. These trails are all in reasonably good condition for classic skiing. Busk is getting a little skied out for skate skiing, but is still in fair condition.

We may be able to refresh the skate lanes a bit with the sled and ginzu today, but that is showing diminishing returns on Busk Euphrates. Thankfully, snow is in the forecast for Tuesday.

Busk Camp Loop remains closed. The grooming team will be working on a washout near the top of the Busk Hill on Sunday afternoon. Please respect trail closure signs and use caution if skiing in proximity to grooming machines.


Clearwater Trails groomed and trackset this morning for classic and skate, and in excellent condition.

Apex, Night Loop, Cottonwood Rail Grade groomed and trackset this morning for classic and skate, and in fair to good condition. Coverage is thin in places on the skate lanes.

As of 7:30 a.m., skate lanes on Busk Euphrates will be touched up next with the ginzu and should be in fair to good condition. The hill on Busk remains closed. We are looking forward to that snow in the forecast.

Finally, our snowshoe trails in the Busk Euphrates area are now open! Snowshoers must remain on designated snowshoe trails except at crossings/junctions. A snowshoeing day pass is $5 per person. Snowshoeing is included with your season’s pass for Nelson Nordic Ski Club!

Happy Skiing & Snowshoeing!


HOORAY! We received about 4 to 6 cm of fresh snow overnight so we delayed our grooming operations until early this morning.

For your own safety and the safety of our grooming operators, please use caution when skiing near grooming machines that are in operation. Slow down and ensure our groomers see you when approaching.

As of 8:15 a.m., Clearwater Trails are groomed and in very good condition for classic and skate skiing.

Busk Euphrates is currently being groomed for both classic and skate skiing. It is still a little patchy through sections of Busk Euphrates under the canopy, but is looking a little better today.

Grooming will continue on Busk and Apex through the morning. We will update this post as trail conditions come available.

Our apologies that the GPS tracking page is not always updating properly. We are experiencing intermittent issues with the tech and are working to rectify the situation.


We have our winners! If you registered for your season’s pass before December 1, you were entered into a draw for a BC Punch Pass and an MEC gift card.

Congratulations to Susan Lamb, who won the Punch Pass, and to Amy Bohigian, who won the MEC gift card! Winners will be contacted by email to claim their prizes.

AND… if you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?! Come visit us at Gerick Cycle and Ski on Friday and Saturday this week from 1 to 5 pm. You can sign up there or pick up your pass. If you’re picking up your sticker for this year, please remember that you will need to bring last year’s pass with you!

Last, but not least, many thanks to all 701 members who have registered for a season’s pass to date this year. We are well on our way to surpassing our membership numbers from last year. And with the flakes falling, we know you’re all looking forward to getting out on the snow. Soon we’ll be able to begin trail packing and, if the weather cooperates, it won’t be too much longer before we begin setting track, as well. Rain, rain, stay away!

NNSC Job Posting!

Senior Snowcat Grooming Operator WANTED.

The Senior Grooming Operator role is a seasonal full-time position.

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) is looking for an experienced  Grooming Operator to maintain the club’s network of cross-country ski trails (35kms) for this coming ski season (November-March).  Competitive salary. 

To apply, submit your resume to Jaime Frederick, General Manager ( by October 25th, 2019.

Nelson Nordic Ski Club
Senior Grooming Operator
Job Description


1.Trail Grooming and maintenance

  • Implement the trail grooming program through operation of snowcat and snowmobile grooming machines consistent with the NNSC Grooming Policy.
  • Work under the direction of the General Manager and with other NNSC staff to coordinate grooming operations in a safe, efficient and timely manner including adjusting grooming travel speed and shift timing as required dependent on snow and weather conditions.
  • Remove snags and buck trees that have come down on ski trails during shifts.
  • Organize and facilitate staff and volunteer training as required.
  • Liaise with Nordic event and race organizers to meet grooming expectations.
  • It is preferred that grooming staff are active cross-country skiers so they can understand the requirements and intricacies of grooming for our sport more effectively.

2. Machine Maintenance

  • Perform regularly scheduled maintenance checks on the grooming machines and equipment as outlined in the manufacturer’s recommendations and site-specific schedules.
  • Create parts order lists, stocking and parts and supplies inventories for grooming program.  Competitive pricing practices are to be used at all times.
  • Collaborate with the NNSC mechanic to flag maintenance or mechanical issues that come up through the season.
  • Administration
  • Participate in training sessions as required.
  • Implement live grooming tracking system.
  • Perform trail grooming status updates at the end of each shift
  • Accurate, professional, and timely email management.
  • Accurate timesheet completion and submission to the General Manager according to NNSC policy.
  • Use of flexible time schedules so overtime is kept to a minimum.
  • Participate in the NNSC Board of Directors meetings when required.


  • Knowledge of NNSC Strategic  Plan, goals and objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the Nelson Nordic trail system, associated activities and events.
  • Knowledge of ‘skier preference’ trail grooming and maintenance best practices.
  • Knowledge of grooming machines and equipment (both operational and maintenance).
  • Knowledge of Nordic race event logistics and associated expectations.
  • Skill and ability to operate a wide range of equipment and machinery including snow grooming machines, quads, snowmobiles, tractors, trucks, chainsaws and brush saws.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS.
  • Ability and willingness to work late night / early morning shifts with delayed starts during forecasted snowfall events.
  • Willingness to work with the general manager, other staff, and the directors to improve the grooming procedures therefore increasing efficiencies and the grooming product.
  • Intermediate skill level preferred in mechanical repair, carpentry and welding.
  • Basic skill level in computer operation and administrative duties.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Class 5 driver’s license